Bank Note Articles

Here you will find banknote, test note, and advertising note articles I have written for the IBNS Journal (International Bank Note Society, Paper Money (Society of Paper Money Collectors, and The Souvenir Card Journal (Souvenir Card Collectors Society

Article published in 2020 in The Souvenir Card Journal (SCCS) - "The BABN “Young Woman” Vignette". 7 page story about the many uses of the British American “Young Woman” vignette, including stock certificate, souvenir card and multiple test notes.

"Young Woman" Vignette Uses CLICK HERE


Article published in 2020 in Paper Money (Society of Paper Money Collectors) - "An Alternate Look at the “Giori” Jefferson Test Notes". 5 page story about these test notes attributed to Giori press machines and new information offering other possibilities.

Alternate Look at Giori Test Notes CLICK HERE


Article published in 2020 in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "Test Notes of CBPM including the World Record Test Note". 11 page story about the test notes of China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation and 9 of their wholly-owned subsidiaries, including the new world record price for a single test note.

Test Notes of CBPM including the World Record Test Note CLICK HERE


Article published in 2020 in The Souvenir Card Journal (SCCS) - "Test Notes – A General Guide". 5 page story about general information about test notes and catalog numbering system, types, valuing notes, including reasons for price changes.

Cataloging & Valuing Test Notes CLICK HERE


Article published in 2019 in Paper Money (Society of Paper Money Collectors) - "The Many Uses of the American Bank Note Company “Progress” Vignette". 10 page story about the 36 known uses of Forninger’s “Progress” vignette, including ABN Archive Series, Souvenir Cards, Stamp, Stock Certificates, Bonds, Test Notes, and banknote.

Progress Vignette Uses CLICK HERE


Article published in 2019 in The Souvenir Card Journal (SCCS) - "Promotional Note Encompasses Two Souvenir Cards". 4 page story about two American Bank Note Co test notes of Paul Revere and the souvenir cards with similar vignettes.

Paul Revere Test Notes & Souvenir Cards CLICK HERE


Article published in 2019 in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "Detecting Moire' Patterns on Bank Notes". Received Honorable Mention for best article of the year. 6 page story about how ink jet printer notes lack the hidden moiré' patterns the bank note designers include in their notes.

Detecting Moire' Patterns on Bank Notes CLICK HERE


Article published in 2018 in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "The Perfect Pair - Test Notes and Currency Conferences". Received Honorable Mention for best article of the year. 9 page story about one of the main uses of Printers' Test Notes - promotional or house notes provided at currency conferences for current and potential customers.

The Perfect Pair - Test Notes and Currency Conferences CLICK HERE


Article published in 2015 in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "Printers’ Test Notes – A Primer". Received 2nd Place for best article of the year. 5 page story about "All you wanted to know about printers' test notes but were afraid to ask". Example: What is the oldest firm to produce a test note? (Establish in 1264, have a look and see!) Other examples: Oldest test note, most expensive test note, and test note produced together by the most firms (6).

Printers’ Test Notes – A Primer CLICK HERE


Article published in the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) Journal - "An Introduction to ATM Test Notes” - Intrinsically worthless, demo dollars offer a wealth of collecting opportunities". 3 page story about ATM test notes, including the history of ATM development.

An Introduction to ATM Test Notes CLICK HERE


"Promotional Paper Provenance". 2 page story about a printer's sample and the search for what it was used for and the firm.

Promotional Paper Provenance CLICK HERE


"A Tale of Two Thomas Edison Notes". 3 page story about 2 different test notes from 2 different printing firms with the same portrait of Thomas Edison.

A Tale of Two Thomas Edison Notes CLICK HERE